Item #48809 POKE FOR KICK. Erotic ephemera.


n.p. [Taiwan ?]: [1920s?-50s?]. Internally side-stapled, with printed wrappers. Chipping, creases and stains to covers; damp-stain to first few pages. Good.

Item #48809

5 x 6. 7/8". 52pp. A particularly odd example of an erotic mimeo novel; a sort of erotic confession or coming-of-age story, told by a mother, formerly known as 'Peach,' in the form of a letter to her daughter. It begins: 'My Beloved Nancy, although it seems to show shy of affection on your part to write a letter like this from your own mother, it requires fortitude of a top kilter that I've prepositioned to give away nakedly my low-down bedrock eventuated in my rosebud days just as you're now one of the season's buds.' This style of writing at first seemed to be a kind of Engrish, but its playful and often deliberately (?) strange tone suggested someone playing with style and prosody - a Joycean jape or a cut-up, pornographic Gertrude Stein. Closer inspection revealed a line of Chinese characters in the gutter and the numbers 29-5-21 (29 May 1921?). And, we suppose, Engrish it is. It may be a bastardized form or rewite of an earlier work; there's mention of a country-house in Scotland and a trip to the Riviera, but the action soon gets down to Peach's defilement at the hands of three men, plus a flagellation scene. The book is crudely printed via spirit duplication in a dark red ink on brownish paper; the stencil seems to have been gone over by hand, giving the text a rough-hewn, hand-made quality. One page is redone in block letters. Small illos follow the end of two of the six chapters: that of a sailing ship or Chinese junk, and a Model T or similar make auto. Crepe-like paper has been used as an end-paper. An unusual and unique item.

Price: $250.00

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